By Mark Powers
The start of every season brings ups and downs as new players try to assimilate into the system while the team is forced to deal with the loss of important players from last season. Christian Brothers men’s basketball’s season has resembled a roller coaster ride. The non-conference schedule has been full of big wins and close losses. The boys got off to a blazing start, winning the first two games, including an impressive 14 point win over Del Oro and third place finish at the Mel Good Invitational.
From there, the injury bug infested the Falcons. Crucial senior big man Everett Perrot (‘18) went down with a middle finger injury. Perrot has been out for three weeks, with an additional three weeks on the bench expected before the Falcons’ Center can return. Perrot’s absence has been a huge hole, as he leads the team in both points per game (15) and rebounds (11). Second leading scorer (13 PPG), point guard Andre Albason (‘18), has been sidelined for last six games. The Falcons are 2-4 in the extended stretch without their two leading scorers.
Currently, the team sits at 6-7 with just one game remaining, a road contest against Vanden on Wednesday night, before league begins.
Will Warner (‘18) and Matt Schneider (‘18) have picked up the scoring slack, averaging nine and 10 points per game over the last six games. Ben Sneed (‘19) and Cameryn Walker (‘18) have filled the rebounding hole, helping to keep the Falcons afloat.
The Falcons have been impressive defensively so far this season, allowing just 58 points per game.Offense, however, has been a struggle at times, especially at the start and end of games.
“In most of our games, even in wins, we start out the game slow and dig ourselves a hole in that first quarter. We’ve just got to come out ready to play right from the jump going forward,” explained Warne.
Better starts would be a key to turning the Falcons’ multiple close losses into wins during league play.
“Our defense, effort, and scrappiness keeps us in all of these games, but we need to avoid long scoring droughts and execute down the stretch of games to win games” Schneider says.
Stay tuned going forward to men’s hoops. With Albason scheduled to return in the next week and Perrot expected to be ready to go for playoffs, there’s hope for the rest of the season.
“Despite not having an ideal start to the season, our goal of winning a section championship is still attainable” explained an excited Schneider.